Sponsored by LG UltraWide Monitors
We love our laptops and tablets, but during busy workdays, those friends can quickly turn into foes. Smaller devices simply don’t have enough screen space to manage the dozens of applications, pallets, images and documents most creatives juggle, adding hours and headaches to already complicated projects. Using a larger monitor helped participants complete tasks up to 52% faster, saving an average 2.5 hours each day, according to a study by the University of Utah.
Ask anyone who spends their days behind a desk—designers, architects and photographers—and they’ll say getting a big, beautiful display ranks among the smartest professional decisions they’ve made.
According to top design professionals, the benefits of the ultra-wide monitor are as expansive as the displays themselves. Their enormous screen size allows for seamless multitasking through dozens of windows, and offers incredibly accurate color representation, eliminating sprints between the computer and printer to adjust color differences. Its ergonomic curved design, which wraps around the user, makes long hours more comfortable and efficient.
LG has partnered with leading design institutions to provide UltraWide Monitors to help students produce work that’ll transform their industries, from architecture to product design.
The most recent partner in this grant program is The New School’s Parsons School for Design in New York City, which received a state-of-the-art computer lab featuring new LG 34” Class 21:9 UltraWide Monitors.
The 21:9 UltraWide displays offer more visual information on screen at once, creating a workspace that enables designers to be more productive compared to the usual two-monitor setup. They also utilize sRGB over 99% IPS technology, guaranteeing color accuracy with factory color calibration, and eliminating frustrating color shifting and distortion common with traditional monitors. It’s easy to adjust settings via the On-Screen Control and the monitors have a Screen Split function with 14 options for simple multitasking.
“Personally I think creative professionals would definitely benefit from it,” said Joe, an illustration alumni from Parsons. “The monitor is basically the new drawing board, the color correction and what you see on screen should exactly be what you printed. And if you’re video editing, then there should be no lag whatsoever.”
The monitors are already making a big impact. According to a survey of Parsons students, over 70 percent felt the UltraWide’s expansive display made multitasking easier and improved productivity.
“Its very wide and makes it easy to 3-D model things or use Adobe Creative Suite, as the screen’s big enough to accommodate all the panels.” said Lorraine, a Product Design student.
Samuel, who is studying illustration said “I think the 21:9 monitor is the future of screens, putting yourself inside the screen as it curves around you. It's user oriented. It's ergonomic. This brings full immersion, the future of virtual reality.”
For 2017, LG is considering a range of different specialized schools—including institutes for photography, film and design—to receive the UltraWide Academy Sponsorship Program, furthering its commitment to giving talented individuals the freedom and comfort to create.
Hero image by @Littledrill featuring LG UltraWide Monitor 34UC98.